Day 59

Day 58 wasn’t so great.  Day 59, you take the cake.  Not a good cake.

That is my attempt at humor while drowning in tissues with mild grade fever, sore throat, body aches etc…

So I thought, what will I post for this day?  And the only thing that came to my mind was the song “Staying Alive.”  I kept thinking” ha, ha, ha, ha stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive…ha ha ha”

So here are some lyrics from this song below.

Lyrics from Bee Gee’s “Staying Alive”

Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother

You’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive

Feel the city breakin’ and everybody shakin’

And we’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive

Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive

Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive

Read more at http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/12566/#TswT9vqUIWqtBgUg.99

I hope you fellow bloggers and fans are not suffering like I am right now.  I know this too shall pass but its such a pain in the meantime.

Be Well,

Kimberly

Day 58

So I thought of this great quote I wanted to post about Day 58, before Day 58 came along.  The day dragged on and I began dragging along.  Here is the quote below.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.”

Then Day 58,  took my breath away, literally. Why?  Because I am battling a very bad cold.  Cold +asthma= no fun.

So that is all I have to say about Day 58, go away…come back a happier day!

Kimberly

Day 19-20 Awakening

I wanted to sleep in on Saturday morning and rest after a week of battling a cold; but it was not in the cards.  I was awakened to the singing of the Star Spangled Banner and a lady yelling over an intercom off Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida.

Seasons 52 Fresh Grill and Wine Bar celebrated the enjoyment of living a fit and healthy lifestyle by sponsoring a race through Winter Park early Saturday morning.

Proceeds benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida and the Joe R. Lee Branch in Eatonville and the Track Shack Foundation.  For more information on Track Shack and upcoming races, check out this link.

http://www.trackshack.com/events/individual/parkave/parkave.shtml

On a different note, although I was slightly annoyed to hear the loud singing and hollering of the hostess; I knew it was most likely for a good cause.  Also I felt it was a sign for me to get my day going.  Saturday was filled with a walk to the Winter Park Farmers Market, dancing with my daughter to music videos and a trip to the Science Center.  We went to the Science Center once before but this time is different because she can actually walk.  A lot more fun for her and great exercise for me.

My music homework this weekend was to watch as many interviews and music videos by artists I admire.  More on this to report in next blog.

On Sunday (today) my daughter and I went to the Science Center again.  Our trip yesterday morning was cut short so I decided to take Olivia to the Kids Center there again today.  Liv’s enthusiasm was contagious and despite my sore throat; I had a good time too.  Liv surprisingly liked playing on a tractor the most.  She also made us lunch.  Lunch consisted of a fake carrot, pineapple juice, pizza, bread and a slice of cheese.  So sweet of her!  Overall, I can’t complain because it turned out to be a great weekend.

Olivia on tractor!

Olivia on tractor!

Science Center
Science Center

Day 15-18 Cold

(This is a belated post of days 15-18 )

I am recovering this week from what seems to be a bad cold or a case of “allergic rhinitis”.  Grateful to have moments and hours of rest throughout the week.  I was considering what to blog about when it occurred to me that I am desperately missing my lyric writing and singing.  Well I cannot sing right now due to a seriously sore throat, but I am able to write.  =)  You can take my voice, darn cold, but you cannot take my spirit or my ability to write for that matter.

But because my brain is foggy due to being sick this past week; I have little to report to you.  And I wanted to write a song about being sick; but I am too tired to write about being sick.  I had a little bit of blogger’s guilt, but then cut myself some slack.  So with that being said; I thought I’d research songs about being sick, in case, you the reader, aren’t feeling well.

This is a YouTube video by Aerosmith called “Sick As A Dog.”

Another YouTube video by Little Feat called “Cold, Cold, Cold”

Ozzy Osbourne also has a song called “So Tired” but YouTube wouldn’t allow me to download it.

Anyways, if you know of a great tune, shoot me an email or comment below.  Hope you, the reader, are feeling good this week!

Be Well,

Kimberly

Day 11

Today is Day 11, my lucky number !!!   What follows is a synopsis of my day.  Our sweet baby girl has been under the weather since Wednesday evening.  So mommy and daddy have been busy taking good care of her.  Today I took Liv to our first appointment with a new pediatrician who is an MD but also skilled in Alternative Medicine.  It is such a relief to find a pediatrician who believes in empowering families through prevention, education and support.

I visited my favorite business for skin care this evening.  It is called The Sanctuary of Winter Park.  The owner/founder is Usha Naran who is also a friend of mine.  She is such a professional, kind and genuine individual.  I admire her as a specialist in skin care and as a person.  She specializes in facials, waxing and make up.  Also there is a wonderful lady there named Maria who is very talented and is also a friend of mine.  Maria provides many services including waxing and pedicure/manicure.   I see Maria for eye brow waxing and always leave happy!  Check out this peaceful Sanctuary that is well-known for skin care in Winter Park.

http://sanctuaryofwinterpark.com/about-us/

I could go on and on about my day, but don’t want to bore you today.  First and foremost, today was about taking care of our bambina (spanish for “baby girl”).  We also ran a few errands together.  The process of organizing, decluttering and unpacking is taking longer than anticipated.  Olivia keeps me laughing when life can be so serious.

I am beginning to truly miss lyric writing, acting, singing and dancing.  Mostly I miss singing, and acting.  I have the acting bug again!  So I am hopeful that next week will be the last week of serious organization mode; so I can concentrate on acting/music again.   I sing and write now but not to the extent of my soul’s purpose.  There are many changes being made on a personal and professional note; which are preparing me for this next phase.

Be Well,

Kimberly

Day 9: I want my duckie and cookie too!

My daughter Olivia Daisy carried her cookie with her to take a bath this evening.  Olivia rushed to the tub as soon as she heard daddy twist faucet on.  She then proceeded to climb over the tub fully clothed. I intervened, quickly removing clothing and getting her into her favorite duck for bath time fun.  Once in the duck, she watched the crumbs of her cookie fall into the water.  It was a candid moment.  I urged my husband to grab a camera stating ” Olivia wants her duckie and cookie too!”

Surprisingly, Olivia did not eat her cookie, but merely starred in awe of the crumbs floating away.  Finally, after some prompting; she began eating the cookie while enjoying her bath. I began to wonder the metaphor/meaning of this joyful event.  Perhaps the crumbs floating away, remind us of mindfulness.  It is important to really be present, even while enjoying/eating food.  Liv wanted her cookie and her bath.  Perhaps a metaphor for how all is possible in life.  A broad generalization, maybe, but I am choosing not to analyze.  I think about how I want to be a mom and career woman: the delicate balance between both.  My daughter inspires me more than I could ever have imagined.  If you look closely at picture below you can see our cookie monster.  Cookie in her left hand and crumbs on bottom of duckie bath.

Olivia

And here is a brief synopsis of the earlier part of my day.  This morning while my daughter was at school; I had a few hours to cook, organize and relax.  Mostly I cooked dinner like a “crazy person”.  I basically stayed hyper focused on the task of cooking.  By doing so, with minimal distraction; I cooked two meals and managed to cook Olivia her favorite oatmeal for tommorow’s breakfast.  Then with the last forty-five minutes; I decided to relax while listening to a guided meditation on YouTube.  It was called the Universal Mind Meditation by Kelly Howell.   There was one quote that really stood out.   As I lay still the soft tone whispered, “I’m not the past, present or the future, I simply am.”  I felt restored, even after just 20 minutes of listening to guided meditation.  I adore Kelly Howell’s work and truly believe in our brain’s potential and power to envision change, and to heal through guided imagery.

Tonight I led a group for adults grieving the death of a loved one.  It was a great group of individuals and I always leave group feeling purposeful and with immense gratitude.  After group, it was all family with laughter and yummy home cooked food.  What more can we ask for?

Be Well,

Kimberly

Days 6-9 Blogger Guilt

Last night I felt blogger guilt.  I was out on a date with my husband and suddenly remembered my blog.  You see, I promised myself I’d write a blog each day.  On Monday night, I planned to write about Sunday and Monday, however; I was unable to access the internet.  And then it was Tuesday evening.

I tend to set very high expectations of myself.  My hope was to write a blog each day, but it was a fast-paced, fun and mommy-tired sort of weekend.  And then one needs to recover from such a whimsical weekend.  So there was Monday.  I spent a good part of Monday cleaning house.  No longer will I continue to set such a high expectation. I think it is more realistic to say I will blog most weekday nights and blog once about each weekend.  So below is a synopsis of the last four days (including today).

The weekend was useful in that I sorted through boxes and continued to organize our new home.  As for family time, we went to Winter Park Farmer’s Market Saturday morning.  For the novice marketeers, it can be intimidating.  There is a large crowd and it is packed.  And it was momentarily scary when one vendor’s food truck began to tilt on its side.  It just so happened that this food truck was a barbeque pit with smoke filling the air.  Everyone froze as the truck tilted further in one direction.  There was a loud gasp of shock and fear.  But within seconds, the food truck was back up and running.

What I love the most, food wise, is a delicious crepe.  They even have gluten-free crepes now.  Yes, I ordered gluten-free with fruit and peanut butter.  Although I am going dairy-free; I figured a minimal amount of skim milk will do no harm.  For health reasons, I have decided to go dairy free.  Apparently there are great benefits to sticking to an all plant protein based “livit”. I prefer to not use the term “diet” rather, to use “livit” as this is a positive change.  The WP market is worth the trip!

Sunday evening, I went to see Mary Poppins musical at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre.  One word “Dynamic!”  The set was extraordinary.  I guess that is two descriptive words.  The artists were top notch and the choreography impeccable.  It was an inspiring musical to anyone, of any age.  There were many metaphors to a life well lived.  One of my favorite quotes is from Jane & Michael, ” Stretch your mind beyond fantastic, dreams are made of strong elastic.”  I felt inspired to continue this path of creative risk, adventure, and positive growth.  Thanks to my sisters for gifting me this occasion!!  Check out upcoming shows at the following website: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Bob-Carr-Performing-Arts-Centre-tickets-Orlando/venue/278567

And the exciting recent news is we have finally installed our brand new oven, into our brand new condo.  The more organized I become, the more ready I feel to confidently stride forward as an actor, singer and writer.  It is a cleansing of mind, body and spirit.

Wishing you a fulfilling week ahead!

Day 5

So this is how day five started out.  It was another beautiful day in Winter Park, Florida.  Look at the blue sky and the colorful flowers off Park Avenue. I noticed Sassafras, a sweet shoppe while walking my daughter to school.  This shop often is full of children eager to pick out their favorite candies.  Also I have seen kids birthday parties being thrown there.  Pretty “sweet”! 
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It was another productive day. I managed to clear out two boxes in a room full of home items.  We are still in the process of unloading and organizing our new place.  It is fun but arduous, and time-consuming.  I don’t even know the definition of arduous to be honest, but I like the way that sounds.  Today was about running errands and sticking to this week’s plan.  The plan was to de clutter, simplify our lives.  I had a set time frame to do so, while my baby, almost toddler, was at school.

Lets see I went to Whole Foods at one point today and enjoyed an “almost lunch” with my “almost toddler.” That’s right I’m a fool to believe that my daughter can sit still while I eat a delightful sandwich.  Nope!  She ate well and then I quickly packed up my lunch for later.  It’s all good!   Lets see, fast forward and Olivia, our dogs and I went for a brief walk.  The walk was brief because Olivia wanted to jump out of the shopping cart.  You see in order to walk the dogs and have a happy baby with me; we have resorted to using the shopping cart.  Olivia usually loves sitting upfront and looking at surroundings.  Not this time.  She wanted to jump out of cart, at every opportunity.  So the walk was cut short and back to dancing around the house. There is never a dull moment.  She is growing like the daisy she is.

This evening my husband, baby and I went to a new restaurant.  Check it out if you can.  “Tako Cheena” is the name of this eclectic asian fused with latin cuisine.  At first I was skeptical; how could chinese food mixed with latin food be good? But they have found a unique blend.  The food was delicious and several options for vegetarians and vegans.  There was one delicious sauce that combined garlic, chives and ginger.  I will definitely be returning.  The night had the best ending.  My daughter played with her toys in her bath duckie. Meanwhile, she showed me how to blow bubbles underwater (and of course with mommy supervision).  And after the bath, and some resistance to sleep; Olivia was snuggled up in my arms ready for bed.  What more can I ask for?

Goodnight,

Kimberly

I changed it up !

My previous blog was about changing the course of a moment, a day, a week and so on.  Yesterday I chose to change the way my day was going.  You see it could have been the usual routine with my 14 month old baby girl.  I had just written my morning post called “Change it up” and began to wonder how I could change my day.  As the day progressed, household responsibilities consumed my thoughts.  And then I began cooking and attending to all baby needs.  I understand that there are things in our day, that must get done.  Yet there are also things we can let go of, at least for a while.  So around 2 pm I was feeling sluggish and bored of the same routine.  It dawned on me that I wrote a post about the very thing I was experiencing yesterday morning.

Yet, no matter how much I wanted to change my day, it wasn’t happening.  Why? I began to ask myself.  And I realized that cognitively I was stuck in the same thought pattern, but emotionally I was ready to move forward.   So what did I do?  I changed my thoughts to match my emotions and “Viola!!!”, I had a much better day.  So did my sweet baby girl!  Why?  Because Olivia (our daughter) and I went outside and had a picnic with snacks enjoying the beautiful weather.  She even got to play with her friend across the street.  Did I mention that I also had a great workout walking with her up and down our drive way.  We both had our needs met enjoying sunshine, play and snacktime.  A win- win!

I must share photos of our beautiful baby girl enjoying snack and her pink swing!  When you decide to change-up something in your day or week, feel free to share on feedback form below!  I’d like to know you changed your day.

Be Well,  Kimberly

Trust the Journey

What is it about the number 44?  I have been seeing this number for about a year now.  Forty-Four will appear in all forms to me, whether by clock, t-shirt, lotto number, assigned seating at weddings.  I believe there must be a significance.  This weekend my husband and I were on a family outing in Mt. Dora and began a conversation with a realtor.  Next thing you know, a gentleman smiles at Olivia, our daughter and waves his large plastic cup.  It was not just any large cup; it read the number 44 on it, in large font.  My mouth dropped and I couldn’t help myself.  I yelled out “Number 44!”  My husband looked at me like I was ridiculous and then calmly said to the man “She has this thing with the number 44.”  I relayed this story to my mom who informed me that the number 44 was a racecar driver’s number. Thanks mom! Yes, true but the fact that I am seeing the number Forty-Four repeatedly this past year intrigues me.  Prior to the birth of Olivia; I was seeing the number 911 often.  Funny enough, she was born September of 2011.  I also often see the number 22, and for those smarty pants out there…what is 44 divided by 2?  That’s right 22!

So what does all this mean? I believe these numbers are from my angels, encouraging me along this journey in life.  I also feel they are validating that I am making the necessary changes in my life and trusting in those decisions.  These signs in the form of numbers, are here for a reason. So I became Dr. Google, yet again and began to research the meaning of these numbers.  A lady named Joanne Sacred Scribes discusses the significance of what she terms angel numbers online.  The following are excerpts from her blog.

http://sacredscribesangelnumbers.blogspot.com/2011/07/angel-number-44.html

“Angel Number 44 asks that you pay attention to your intuition and inner-wisdom as your connection with your angels and the angelic realm is very strong at this time.  You are encouraged to continue on your current path as your drive and determination will lead to success and fulfilment.”

“Angel Number 22 can turn the most ambitious of dreams into reality.  The repeating Angel Number 22 asks you to see the larger picture, and to work with the details necessary to complete that picture.  Angel Number 22 encourages you to bring things through to fruition on both the spiritual and material planes.”

Does anyone else have this experience? What numbers do you see and how can they guide you in your life right now?

Be Well,

Kimberly

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